As alumni of Newtown High School, we, like the rest of the world, were stunned at the horrific news from home. Graduates from Newtown High School’s class of 2001 reached out to each other through Facebook, connecting those who have moved to the other side of the country with those of us who stayed in the area. But whether near or far, the overwhelming sentiments were all the same, we wanted to do something to help and we wanted the world to know how proud we are of Newtown. One classmate posted a picture of a t-shirt she made a few years ago for herself and her friends; it very simply said “I <3 Newtown” within an outline of the state of Connecticut. Within moments, other classmates and community members responded, saying they would buy a shirt like that to both raise money for Sandy Hook’s victims and to proudly support our town.
With that, a simple idea was born. One alum who works in marketing offered to help get the t-shirts and arrange a printer. Another volunteered to help create a website. Thus the Newtown Pride website was ready to go. Not only is it important for us to help our own, but to let the world to know we are so proud of our community, our schools, our neighbors, and will continue to be proud that we grew up here. What is most telling in all thiw is that the concept for these t-shirts was born long before this event shattered us. These t-shirts were born because our classmate, like ourselves, always loved Newtown. And we always will.
All proceeds from the Newtown Pride t-shirts will be donated to the Sandy Hook Parent Teacher Association. Shirts can be ordered through newtownpride.com.